No Charlton Athletic job for former Sheffield United player Chris Wilder amid 'further interest' in boss

Northampton boss Chris Wilder
Northampton boss Chris Wilder

Talks have broken down between former Blade Chris Wilder and Charlton Athletic over the club's vacant managerial post.

Northampton Town boss Wilder, who led the Cobblers to promotion from League Two as champions, had been widely tipped to take over at The Valley following the resignation of Jose Riga after Charlton were relegated to League One.

Talks are believed to have taken place in Sheffield between Charlton Athletic chiefs and Stocksbridge-born Wilder, who had two spells at Bramall Lane in the late 80s and early 90s as well as making well over a century of appearances for Rotherham United, after permission had been given by Northampton. However, the Addicks have released a statement explaining that an agreement wasn't reached between the two parties.

The statement read: "Charlton Athletic can confirm that, following discussions with Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder and his assistant Alan Knill over the vacant managerial role at The Valley, the club has been unable to reach an agreement.

"The club will now continue its search for a candidate to take the club forward. Any further announcements will be made in due course."

Northampton chairman Kelvin Thomas has also released a statement regarding Wilder's future, claiming that there is other interest from an unnamed club keen on his services.

"We understand there is further interest in Chris and Alan, however we have had no official approach at this point but I will be sitting down with Chris to discuss further," he said.

"As we said on Monday and in the best interests of the club, we are keen for this matter to be brought to a conclusion as quickly as possible."